Stafford HC 1st team beat Old Wulfrunians HC 9-2 last Saturday to go second in West Midlands Division 1, on Sunday they lost 5-3 in the Hockey Association Vase to Cheshire team Lymm HC.
Against Old Wulfs, Stafford put in a commanding performance to overwhelm their opponents. However Stafford seem to make life difficult for themselves generally starting poorly. Old Wulfs took the lead after some missed tackles saw the opposition score a scrappy first, Brad Evans in goal made a good double save but the ball was bundled in to punish Stafford. League top scorer, Randall Moore then equalized with a smartly taken penalty corner goal, he ghosted past a couple of players before slotting the ball home.
Old Wulfs then took the league again, a powerfully struck penalty corner strike gave Evans no chance. As per normal this seemed to wake Stafford up, Moore grabbed his second with a powerfully struck reverse stick shot. After that it was one way traffic, Ben Hollands slapped the ball home to give Stafford a 3-2 half time lead.
After the break, Stafford took advantage of Old Wulfs clear intention to play expansive hockey and scored a number of break away goals. Dan Rennie grabbed two after displaying great individual skills to bamboozle the opposition defenders, Moore got his hat-trick and Charlie Trotter smashed the ball home to increase the lead. Stafford were awarded a penalty stroke on full time and Ben Cantrill kept his scoring streak up by putting it away.
On Sunday a changed Stafford team, put up a good display against Lymm HC, a team who were quick, skillful and well organized. Lymm raced to a two goal lead before Dan Howe pulled a goal back after a great Andy Peatfield pass. The Cheshire side then scored another two to go 4-1 up before Stafford made things competitive with two quick goals from Moore and Chris Sunderland, however it was not to be as Lymm got the winner in the last five minutes.
An encouraging weekend, Stafford are away next weekend to Staffordshire rivals Tamworth HC.